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What Do You Stand For?

The importance of taking care of ourselves is not only something I blog about regularly but it’s something that I believe is key to living my best life. One of the ways I stay positive and focused is by subscribing to various newsletters & quote of the day services, so I can start my day off on the right foot. It get’s my “juices” flowing and inspires me to push thru the yuck and live each day to the fullest.

A while back I received an email from Rick Itzkowich of, that I just had to share! It challenged me in a way I hadn’t thought about before, and what I love about his stuff is that he always gives you an action to take. Here is what he shared…

“Don’t believe that winning is really everything. It is more important to stand for something. If you don’t stand for something, what do you win?” by writer, Joseph Lane Kirkland

Your action for today is to reconnect with something you stand for and then take some action that supports it. Enjoy an extraordinary day!

The Action is what got me going… I know I am passionate about what I’m doing, especially my work with teen suicide prevention, and I like to win. But when I started to wrap my mind around the question “What do I stand for?” I really didn’t know. [Tweet “What actions are you taking to make a difference in something you stand for?” ]

Have you ever felt that way? Like you are moving along and things are clicking and then WHAMMO, something like a simple email has you questioning your moral fiber. After some time, I realized that this email was a reminder about how important to believe in and act on something that is bigger than yourself. It is important to have the courage to do what it takes to turn an idea into reality no matter what obstacles stand in your way.

So in answer to the “ACTION QUOTE” what is it that I believe in or stand for… I came up with the following:

I stand for making a difference in the lives of others, and helping them be the best that they can be. I believe that it is my purpose for being here, it is the thing that drives me to get up in the morning. No matter how difficult it may seem, it is worth it to stand up for myself and all I stand for.  I can make a difference as long as I continue to take action that supports this ideal.

People wonder if this Direction Diva walks the walk and I will tell you that I do. It’s simple really, because if I don’t I lose my way. I write blog posts like Kick Stress to the Curb or Priorities: What Really Matters and talk about ways to stay focused as a reminder to myself more than anything. And I work at it – each and every day.

So my challenge to you:

Ask yourself “What do you stand for”,
and are your actions in alignment with those ideals?

~Judy Davis, the Direction Diva is a motivational speaker, author and lifestyle blogger as well as a military life and teen suicide prevention expert. Co-founder of DASIUM, Judy’s books Right Side Up  and Warning Signs: Is Your Teen at Riskare go to resources for families and her websites are filled with tips, inspiration and resources for those looking for direction. Connect with Judy at

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